The European Union is committed to support Morocco in its efforts to upgrade not only economic sectors but also social sectors and especially human rights.
The European Commission adopted on Monday a € 2.8 million worth program to promote human rights in the North African country. This program focuses on the work of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) and the Inter-ministerial Delegation for Human Rights (DIDH), two key institutions in the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.
This new program evidences the importance the EU attaches to human rights and underscores “the unconditional support it intends to extend to the CNDH and the DIDH to help the two institutions carry out their respective missions,” said European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood, Stefan Füle,
For Brussels, “the resulting Human rights advancement will significantly bring Morocco closer to the core values of the European Union in matters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law,” Stefan Füle said.
The National council and the inter-ministerial delegation are called to take a leading role in the protection and promotion of human rights in the years to come.
The EC program provides, inter alia, for the exchange of experience and good practices between the two Moroccan institutions and European bodies having similar prerogatives and tasks.
Morocco-EU cooperation seeking to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights is part of a well-established dynamic.
The Commission notes, in this respect, that this dynamic has already resulted in the support granted to Morocco to help it implement the National Action Plan on democracy and human rights, and to follow-up the national reconciliation process the country embarked on as recommended by the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (IER). The ball is now in the court of Moroccans. They need to materialize all these initiatives.